Do you know the difference between Dry and Dehydrated Skin?

 

Dry skin is a  skin type, and dehydration refers to a skin condition.

Dry skin lacks oil because it produces less sebum than normal skin, and the lack of sebum means the skin is without the lipids it needs to retain moisture and to build a strong barrier to protect against external aggressors, using a skincare product formulated with high Oleic plant oils such as Avocado, Safflower and Oilve Oil are designed to stop Trans Epidermal Water loss (TEWL)

Dehydrated skin does not have enough water. Dehydration is caused by many external factors, but the most common are UVA / Sun  exposure, environment, diet, and caffeine consumption, all of which can result in diminished water content within the skin.

Skin that is lacking in moisture and has exactly the opposite look lit-from-with-in glow. But there super simple ways to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out so you can wake up with healthy glowing skin very day.

Winter weather is not fun for skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers.

Additional moisture helps, but you need to do more to actually counteract these effects and keep skin looking youthful and smooth. To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin more healthy and comfortable this season, try these tips.

So how do you tell which one you have? There super simple ways to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out so you can wake up with healthy glowing skin very day.  Here’s a quick run-down of the key characteristics:

 DRY SKIN CHARACTERISTICS

  • Feels rough
    • Appears dry
    • Can be flaky

DEHYDRATED SKIN CHARACTERISTICS

  • Looks dull
    • Feels tight
    • Feels rough
    • Is sensitive
    • Shows fine lines
    • Shows accelerated signs of ageing, like sagging skin and deep wrinkles

KEY CAUSES OF DEHYDRATED SKIN

SUN

UVA is the main factor that can affect our skin, increase the ageing process, increase oxidants in the skin, dehydrate it and increase free radicals in the cells, damaging the skin.

HARD WATER, HOT SHOWERS & BATHS

Water containing limestone, can remove water from the skin. Hot showers and baths can make the skin more dehydrated  –  keep the water warm rather than hot.

AGEING

It’s a factor in many skincare issues, and dehydrated skin is no different. As your skin gets older, you may find it more difficult to keep its moisture levels high.

The ageing process makes our bodies more dehydrated, including the skin  – It can create a slow-down of cell turnover.”

And when skin becomes dehydrated, it can start to look older, too. Dehydrated skin will have a rough-feeling texture, with fine lines becoming more prominent.”

CENTRAL HEATING

Turning up the radiators can make the temperature more comfortable, but central heating can affect the skin’s hydration can make the temperature more comfortable during hot or cold weather, they could be doing more harm than good to your skin

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAVE DEHYDRATED SKIN

Good diet, healthy habits and drinking lots of water are all ways to bring out the best in your skin.

In addition

1. Add a Serum to Your Routine

To hydrate the skin, aim for serums and apply these before any moisturizer.  Serums are not moisturizers and vice-versa, using a serum with hydrophillic properties ie by hydrating the skin look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid,  Vitamin B5, Glycerin

Results from a 2014 double-blind, randomized clinical trial that appeared in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology showed that products containing hyaluronic acid effectively decreased the appearance of wrinkles and reduced skin sagging within 30 days of consistent use.

Your skin naturally produces hyaluronic acid, but this declines as we age supplementing via skin care is key for addressing dehydration. Products that contain hyaluronic acid stimulators, like our Hydra-Intense Vitamin C Serum can boost  your skin’s ability to produce its own hyaluronic acid.

2. Apply Moisturiser

Our facial moisturisers have been formulated with skin conditions in mind – using specific oils that target skin types – Our Vitamin B3 BALANCING cream formulated with light Linolenic “Sebum” balancing oils and our MOISTURISING Vitamin B3 Cream is formulated with High Oleic Oils such as Avocado and Safflower Oil that not only deeply moisturise but retain moisture in the skin.

away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers.

Additional moisture helps, but you need to do more to actually counteract these effects and keep skin looking youthful and smooth. To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin more healthy and comfortable this season, try these tips.

3. Wash in Lukewarm Water

Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.

4. Moisturize Immediately Afterwards

Your skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.

5.  Choose Moisturizer Carefully

Some over- the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients.

6.  Protect

Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun, so apply a safe option like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to any exposed areas.

7. Humidify

Heating systems dry out the air, so consider installing a humidifier or place a metal or ceramic bowl  filled with water on your radiator water will evaporate into the air in your home. For me, it takes about a week for the water to fully evaporate in a medium-sized metal dog bowl.

8. Drink

We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.

9. Overnight Moisturize

Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider applying a deep moisturizing night Nutri Balm Butte at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning.

9.  Exfoliate

We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter, particularly on our hands. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes are also helpful in the winter months.

10. Hydrate From the Inside Out

Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin.

11.  Use DIY Masks

Homemade hydrating masks can provide needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe. Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.

 

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